Sent: Saturday, December 08, 2001 1:38 AM
Subject: Back On-line

Hello everybody,
As anyone I speak to points out, I have fallen a little behind in my narrative...again.  I believe my cumulative deficit is now about 4 months of travel stories untold.  It has been suggested to just pick up the story where I am now, but I am stubbornly trying to catch up.  I have actually edited the pictures for about three installments up to mid-October, so I'll start there and see how far I get.  For those wondering about my current location, at this moment I am in San Francisco, staying with some friends on the Presidio.  I have pretty much spent the month of November traveling all around California, with much of the last few weeks hanging out in San Francisco spending too much time living the good life with some great new friends (see pictures below), and using it as a hub to make some smaller trips.  The lack of snow heading into Thanksgiving was quite frustrating as I expected to be snowboarding starting mid-November, but several large storms have taken care of that problem, and I already have 3 days on the mountain.  As I write this I am getting ready to get back on the road for about 2 weeks of snowboarding, most likely in Tahoe and Oregon before heading back here to fly home for Christmas.  But enough of the present, there are tales of adventures past to be told, so now we return you to the story already in progress;  You'll laugh, you'll cry, it will become a part of you,  It's much better than "Cats"......
      Real Clothes for the first time in 6 months!!!!!
 My SF friends (Bruce and his roommate Ann Marie) take me out on the town.
In tomorrow's installment:  VW's everywhere, new friends, and a native American spiritual journey